§3-9-20. Obstructing employees' freedom to vote; penalties.
Any corporation violating any provision of section forty-two
of article one of this chapter or preventing or attempting to
prevent any voter in its employ from attending any election, or
from freely exercising his right of suffrage, at any election, at
which he is entitled to vote, by any threat, direct or indirect,
express or implied, to discharge such voter or deprive him of his
employment, or shall discharge such voter or deprive him of his
employment because of any vote he may cast, or refuse to cast, at
any election at which he is entitled to vote, under the provisions
of this chapter, shall, in each instance, be guilty of a
misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be fined not more
than one thousand dollars. Any employer, other than a corporation,
whether an individual or member of an association or partnership,
and any officer, agent or manager of any corporation violating any
provision of this section or of section forty-two of article one of
this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars or
imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding six
months, or, in the discretion of the court, be subject to both such
fine and imprisonment.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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